When you rent an apartment, you expect your landlord to care about the conditions in which you are living, and when something goes wrong, you expect him or her to fix it, or at least have it fixed within a reasonable amount of time. If you have been injured because a landlord failed to address these problems after you’ve brought it to their attention, you are most likely seeking financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Here are some of the questions you may have about the claims process going forward:
What can cause an apartment accident?
There are several potential causes of apartment accidents, though the most common is landlord negligence. Apartments and their surrounding premises can become dangerous when landlords fail to ensure all safety hazards are removed and repaired in a timely fashion. Some of the most common causes of apartment accidents can include dangerous staircases, insufficient lighting both in and around the apartment, loose balconies, damaged flooring, mold or other poisonous substances left unattended, missing smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, and more.
How do I know if I qualify for compensation after an apartment accident?
To recover financial compensation after an apartment accident takes place, you will have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence; in this case, most likely your landlord. To do so, you will need to hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the claims process, as well as how to effectively gather and present evidence for the most convincing claim possible.
To prove your claim, our firm will work to recover pictures or videos of the accident, usually via security cameras, police reports detailing what happened, witness statements confirming your claim, and medical documentation regarding the extent and origin of the injuries you have sustained.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State?
The phrase “statute of limitations” simply refers to the amount of time you have to take legal action against another person. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years, which means you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a premises liability lawsuit against a negligent landlord or property owner. If you wait any longer than the legally acceptable period of time, you will be barred from suing, no matter how badly you truly need the compensation. We are ready to get the claims process start on your behalf–all you have to do is ask.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.